trigger to determine if any column changed

Is there a way to write a trigger to determine when any column in a record has changed and then update a "edit_datetime" column?
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
If you do not need to know if a column was updated, you can create a trigger that occurs instead of an update or after an update (but prior to the change committing). See this link:
If you need to know a specific column changed you can use the UPDATE ( <column name> ) syntax.
Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Sure.  You'd probably want to generate the code using sys.columns rather than writing it by hand, but the general structure would look like this:

CREATE TRIGGER <trigger_name>
ON dbo.<table_name>
SET edit_datetime = GETDATE()
FROM inserted i
INNER JOIN deleted d ON
    d.key_col = i.key_col
INNER JOIN dbo.<table_name> tn ON
    tn.key_col = i.key_col
    ISNULL(i.data_col1, '~~') <> ISNULL(d.data_col1, '~~') OR
    ISNULL(i.data_col2, '~~') <> ISNULL(d.data_col2, '~~') OR
    ISNULL(i.data_col3, -999) <> ISNULL(d.data_col3, -999) --OR ...other columns

Randy Knight, MCMPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Instead of rolling you own code, check out the SQL Server change tracking feature.
HLRosenbergerAuthor Commented:
I went with this:

works great.   The SQL Server change tracking feature, I believe, tracks based on the logged in SQL user account;  I need to track based on my own "users" table; I was able to modify this  "Audit-Trail-Generator-for-Microsoft-SQL " to do this.

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HLRosenbergerAuthor Commented:
This is the solution I went with.
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